Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 10: Vision & Hearing

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Through these sections you will develop an understanding of the principles behind vision and visual disorders, their management and investigation. Then move onto the hearing sections where you will develop an understanding of hearing, its associated disorders and management.


This Unit contains 22.5 hours of study, divided into the following sections:

  Study hours
1. Basic science: anatomy, embryology of the eye and visual pathways 3 hours
2. Epidemiology and cerebral visual impairment 1.5 hours
3. Assessment of vision 4.5 hours
4. Squint and eye movement disorders 4.5 hours
5. Retinal disorders 1.5 hours
6. Audiovestibular - anatomy, physiology and embryology 3 hours
7. Classification of hearing impairment and epidemiology 1.5 hours
8. Assessment and management of audiovestibular problems in children 3 hours
Total study hours = 22.5 hours


You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in about 3 months. When you complete the unit, please send it to us and we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

The Vision & Hearing Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • Specialist Paediatric Neurology trainees
  • Consultant Community Paediatricians
  • Consultant Paediatricians
  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologists to update themselves as part of their continuing professional development


The course is delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your chosen unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website.

What do students say are the best things about this unit?

  • “Having to think properly about nystagmus” (UK)
  • “Squint and eye movement disorders and the videos” (Qatar)
  • “Videos on the assessment of vision” (Sri Lanka)


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £170
  • Low & middle income countries = £57

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